The Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
5920 W. William Cannon Drive, Mesa Oaks Building Seven, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78749
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Combining Breast and Tummy Tuck Procedures: Is it Safe?

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Two of the most common areas that my female patients want to address are both the breast and tummy areas with a breast enhancement (augmentation or breast lift) and tummy tuck procedure. In Austin, the majority of my patients that come to see me feel that they have plateaued when it comes to improved body appearance with healthy dieting and regular exercise.

This plateau is what often triggers a desire to seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon to discuss body contouring options.

Q: Knowing that both breast and tummy procedures are desired; the next question is- Is it safe to have surgery on both of these areas at the same time?

A: My answer is Yes, but let me elaborate.  Combining several surgical areas at one time is safe- if the total operative time is not excessive.  We know that longer operative times can lead to additional complications.  With this in mind, I prefer to keep my combination surgery times under 6 hours total.  I find that this allows for my patients to be in the recovery area just after midday.  Once patients are recovered, surgical discomfort is controlled and they are up walking in the recovery area- I let them go home.  I also find that by keeping operative times around 6 hours- my patients recover well over the next 7 to 10 days following surgery oftentimes doing much more than they originally anticpated.

This also applied to other surgical procedures like arm lift surgery, liposuction, and facelift surgery at my Austin plastic surgery practice.

I have written another blog about the Mommy Makeover for Body Renovation, which is also informative on this topic.  If you have any questions for me, call us directly at (512) 288-8200 or contact me, via email!  You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter on our “news” page to stay informed on the latest in Austin plastic surgery news.

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